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Saturday 3rd July 1999

The death has occurred of Mrs. Bernadette Murray, Redcity and formerly of Rostrevor, Co. Down. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Tom, daughters Helen, Maeveen and Finula, and sons Fergal and Senan. Internment took place in Calvary cemetery.

The wedding took place at Fethard Parish church on Saturday last of Anne, daughter of Mr. Tom and Mrs. Pauline Morrissey, St. Patrick's Place, to Mr. John McGarry, Ballynonty.

The route via Fethard to Thurles seems to get more popular with Cork GAA fans. Cars were bumper to bumper through the town from 10.30am to around 1pm on Sunday. On Sunday night the return journey livened up Fethard more than usual, as the homeward bound Corkmen passed through with car horns blaring and banners flying. A few made a pit stop at local watering holes.
A few junior fans parading the Main Street fully bedecked in red and white were not amused when a local wit enquired, "Were Manchester United playing today?"

"Carrick for a man or a dog", is a well-known saying in Tipperary folklore. Whatever about the man, Fethard certainly has equal claims with Carrick or anywhere else for that matter to the dog title.
Bran, an Irish wolfhound owned by Fethard footballer Willie O'Meara, is an excellent specimen of this ancient Irish breed. The dog stands almost thirty-seven inches high at the shoulder and weighs 154lbs or 11 stone.
Most large dogs of this weight are usually grossly overweight and hardly able to walk. Bran however is as fit as a fiddle, lively as a kitten and is not yet 2 years old, the age at which Irish wolfhounds are fully developed. Surely a candidate for the "largest dog in Ireland" title.

Fifteen year old John Conway, an avid Manchester United supporter, fulfilled a fervent wish on Saturday. John won, in a Gerry Ryan radio show competition, a training session with Philip Neville and David May of Manchester United, in Dublin.
The session took place at the Kevin Moran training camp, Palmerstown. John, the only Tipperary winner, is a great exponent of our own gaelic game. An outstanding member of local juvenile teams, who knows, perhaps, that in the not too distant future Fethard will have its own Roy Keane.

Fethard Tidy Towns Committee, weather permitting, will promote another "clean up" night on this Thursday, July 8th. Parents and children are most welcome to come along and join in and help to make our town a tidy town.
Meet at the Town Hall at 7pm and bring gloves and bin bags if possible please.

Fethard/Killusty area will be well represented at the Community Games Credit Union Munster Finals, which will take place in the University of Limerick on Saturday next, July 10th. In the judo event, Stacey Grace will contest the under 35kg judo event while the Gorey cousins, Richard, from Moanbeg and D.J., from Redcity, will compete under 35 and 40kg. Other members of the Fethard Club taking part are Tony O'Brien and Philip and Liam Halley who will represent their area, Mullinahone. Manager: Mrs. Phyllis Grace.
The girls involved here are: Caroline Croke, Vanessa O'Donnell, Kersty McCarthy, Evelyn O'Connor, Patrice Tobin, Yvette Walsh, Donna Walsh, Alison Houlihan, Marian Harrington, Lily Maher, Noelle Leahy and Marie Carroll.
First cousins in action again here in the form of Kersty and Evelyn.
Managers: Denis Burke and Bernie O'Connor.
All competitors are looking after their own transport to this event.
Both events will take place in the Sports Building in U.L. Check in is at 12 noon.
Congratulations to Anthony Feery, Killusty who was the silver medallist in the boys under 17 marathon, ran in Thurles last week. Anthony is now on the team which will represent Tipperary at the National Credit Union Finals in Mosney on the first week-end of September.

The quality of ponies for the Killusty pony show, held on Saturday last, seems to get better each year, this year entries being no exception. Competent judges, aided by an excellent Co-ordinator on the public address, ensured that the show was very expediently run and the many classes were completed on schedule. Favoured by excellent weather, the show proved most successful, and it can truly be said that a great day was enjoyed by all. Well done to all concerned.

Recent visitors to Fethard looking up their Fethard connections were Mrs. Patricia Tremlett, daughter of the late Tommy Burke, Spittlefield.
Mrs. Joan Morrissey, widow of the late Paddy Morrissey, Grove was another who paid a visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Condon of Norwood, Mas., U.S.A. were also in town. Mr. and Mrs. Condon made a brief detour by taxi from an American coach tour of Ireland. They were very pleased to get the information they required on the family of the late Tommy Ryan senior, Tullamaine. Charles Condon is a grand nephew of the well remembered Tipperary huntsman.

1st Gross: John and Eileen Preston
2nd Gross: Bernie Myles and Margaret Hackett
1st Nett: Olive Looby and Susanne Opray
2nd Nett: Cinta O'Flynn and Margaret Coffey

Lessons for adults and juveniles each week, including beginners. Phone 32213 for details and booking.

At the present there are three local families hosting Spanish students in Fethard. So successful are these exchanges that the organisers are now requesting a further eight families to host French students from 31st July to 21st August. Families with students aged 15-18 would be ideal for this project. Further details Tel: (052) 21352.

Fethard Historical Society have organised a Bus Outing to Limerick open to all, on Saturday 10th July.
8.30 am (sharp) — Bus leaves outside Town Hall.
10.30 am — Hunt Museum-guided tour.
12.00 noon — Break for lunch/shopping etc.
2.00 pm (optional) — Walking Tour of Historic Limerick with Mr. Michael O’Donnell.
4.00 pm - — King John’s Castle-guided tour of Castle.
6.00 pm — Bus leaves Limerick for Chaser O’Briens, Pallasgreen
6.30 pm. — Dinner £10 (optional).
9.30 pm - — Arrive back in Fethard.
Names can be handed in to Chris Nevin, Gateway B&B, Rocklow Road. Tel: (052) 31701 or 086 8294256. Fee £17 for bus and two guided tours or £19 for all three.

For the past few years a night vigil has been held in the Parish Church and Convent grounds, this year’s vigil will take place on Tuesday 13th July. It will commence at 10pm and should finish around 2am. Some may ask why is it that we should come together and pray at this time of the night at all? The whole idea of the night vigil has grown from the Pilgrimage to Knock which took place annually during the night. So the intention is to have an opportunity to leave the busy world behind us and spend a little time with the Lord. The darkness and the stillness of the night gives us the perfect chance. There are of course many people who will be unable to take part so this year there will be a Petition box placed at St. Joseph’s altar into which you can place your personal needs, these needs will be especially remembered during this time of prayer. Timetable: 10pm — Reconciliation service both forms will be available. 11pm — Holy Hour for all our intentions. 12pm — tea/coffee proceeds going to the hospice movement. 12:45am — stations of the cross [held in convent garden by candle light, weather permitting]. 1:45am — Mass.
We invite you all to take part in this time when we as a community can come together and offer our private prayers to God our loving Father in unity.

The annual church collection for the Irish Heart Foundation will take place this weekend 10th & 11th July. The foundation spend money on research, education and community activities.

Senior footballer
In preparation for their first round Tipperary S.F. championship game vs. Moyne Templetuohy in Littleton on this Saturday night, 10th July, at 8pm, our senior footballers had an excellent work out, in a challenge game against Kilrush, Co. Clare, in Fethard on Sunday morning last.
Kilrush, a very fit and fast team led Fethard from the throw-in and were eight points to five ahead at half time. Fethard came back in great style and ran out deserving winners by an excellent goal, scored by Jimmy O'Meara in injury time.
Final score: Fethard 1-14, Kilrush 1-11.
Kilrush were entertained to lunch by the Fethard Club and then travelled on to Thurles for the
Munster Hurling Final.
Fethard team: Paul Fitzgerald, Tom Anglim, Damian Byrne, Philly Blake, Jimmy O'Meara (1-2), Michael Quinlan, Willie Morrissey, Brian Burke (0-2), Michael Spillane, Colin Allen (0-2), Chris Coen, Conor McCarthy (0-7, 4 frees), Stephen O'Donnell, Shay Coen, Cian Maher.
Subs used: Martin Ryan, Aidan Fitzgerald, Michael Ahearne, Miceál Sean McCormack.
Our semi-final meeting in South vs. Commercials is on 25th July.
Intermediate Hurling
On Tuesday 29th June we completed our county league programme with a 100% record, 6 wins out of 6 outings. We await the next stage. This was by far our toughest game. The half-time score was Fethard 1-6, JK Bracken 1-3.
The final score was Fethard 2-13, JK Bracken 2-04.
Fethard Team: Liam Treacy, Mick Ahearne, Ml Burke, Thomas Anglim, PJ Ahearne (0-1), Ml Ryan, Ml Quinlan, Miceál Spillane (1-7, (1-4 frees)), Stephen O'Donnell, Damien Byrne (0-2), Colin Allen (0-1), Aidan Fitzgerald (0-1), Miceál Sean McCormack, Kenneth Browne (0-1), Kenneth O'Donnell (1-0).
Subs used: Ml Fitzgerald for T. Anglim (35 minutes), Ciaran Treacy for Miceál Sean McCormack, Conor O'Donnell for Aidan Fitzgerald, Wm Delaney for Kenneth O'Donnell.
Scorers for JK Bracken: Jim Cahill (1-1), Martin Burke (0-1), Jim Carroll (0-1), Pat Burke (1-1).
We understand our runners up in the league were Galtee Rovers.
U16 Football
South semi-final: Fethard vs. Moyle Rovers at By Pass, 30th June.
Fethard 1-9 (1-7), Moyle Rovers 1-8 (0-3).
Team: James Lawrence, David Kelly, Ian Kenrick, Ronan Maher (sub. Emmett Burke), John Hanrahan, Paul Hackett, Alan Burke, Owen Doyle (0-1), Damian Connor, Johnny Needham,
Pat Looby (0-3), John Noonan (0-2), Owen Maher (0-1), Paddy Cooney (1-0), Nicky Noonan (0-2).
Other subs: William Harrington, Tom Halpin.
Fethard now play Cahir in the South Final sometime this week.
Junior Hurling (B)
On Wednesday 7th we played Newcastle in the league semi-final replay in Marlfield.
We play the 1st round of the Junior Championship on Tuesday 13th vs. Fr. Sheehys in Clonmel at 7.30pm.
Junior Football
Our No. 2 team received a walkover from Killenaule in Monroe on Saturday last.
Our next game in Junior A (2) is on Wednesday 14th vs. Ballingarry in Killenaule at 7.30pm.
Our Junior A No.1 team's next outing is against Davins in Kilsheelan on Sunday 11th at 7.30pm.
Minor Hurling
Our 1st round in the B championship commences this Thursday, 8th July, vs. Clonmel Og in By Pass at 7.30pm. The second round takes place on Tuesday 20th vs. St. Mary's in Monroe at 7.30pm.
Minor Football
We had a challenge last Tuesday vs. Dungarvan in preparation for the final stages of the Championship after exam break.

We hope by this week you have joined the County Draw with any member of the committee for £5 a month (£60 yearly). This is the last opportunity for 1999/2000. Two cars in 1st draw.


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